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October 26, 2020
For Immediate Release
Crusaders Of Justicia
City Secretly Funds Investigation Against First Black Alderperson
Manitowoc city officials, both elected and non-elected, across numerous city departments, are colluding to conduct a secret investigation into the residency status of Mr. Aaron Bailey, the city’s first and only Black Alderperson. Open records requests by Crusaders Of Justicia and others attempting to obtain even the most basic information about (or even the existence) of the investigation have been improperly delayed or denied, excluding the public from knowing about activities of their government, contrary to Wisconsin open records law.
According to Manitowoc City Attorney Kathleen McDaniel, “a private citizen” engaged a private investigator to investigate the residency of Alderperson Bailey, and gave the report to Council President Eric Sitkiewitz. For some reason President Sitkiewitz and the city are concealing the identity of the anonymous accuser. Due to the secrecy surrounding the city’s handling of the accusation, the public is being left in the dark as to why residency requirements should embroil the city in a contentious and costly witch-hunt.
This is textbook structural racism. Residency requirements are bureaucratic barriers to participation in our supposedly representative government, which are working exactly as intended to exclude under-represented populations. Poor and minority people have far more instability and mobility in their personal lives, which makes it far harder to meet these unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles that have been put in place by privileged and powerful people, most of whom have the benefit of the stability that comes with owning their homes for long periods of time. Demanding proof of residency is a significant tool to exclude poor and minority people from participation in their government, and even in voting.
Manitowoc Common Council page: https://www.manitowoc.org/77/Common-Council